RE: SoftFork 22.8888
The evidence doesn't point for freedom to be an account owned by Ned. If you review the history of the account you can see that it's an early miner but it started mining one week after the infamous steem relaunch.
So it's not a ninja mined account. Besides, the fact that it has been frozen with the last softfork and since Ned and Sun have what appears to be a good relationship point to it being owned by someone else.